Scandinavian design looks as fresh in today?s homes as it did in the 1950s, when the world fell in love with the simple shapes and colorful patterns that added zing to everything from shift dresses to salad plates.
Now we have a local source for a well-edited collection of the best of classic and current Scandinavian design: Huset in Venice. Opened last year, the shop?s name translates as ?the house? in Swedish, and, upon walking in, we feel we?re entering a charming home in Södermalm. Blond wood shelves hold happy home touches from iconic brands, such as teak-and-steel salad servers ($52) from Denmark?s Skagerak and hard-to-find glassware (from $27) from our beloved Finnish Marimekko for Littala.
The latest seasonal offerings have inspired us to revamp our picnic set with distinctive melamine pieces from Danish company Rice Dk. Vividly hued cups ($7), two-tone bowls ($12) and a range of solid-colored dinner plates ($13) are more Euro-cool than the usual nonbreakable dishes or less eco-conscious paper plates.
We?re putting together a set for the trunk so that our next spontaneous trip to the park or the beach is that much easier.
Huset, 1316½ Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 424-268-4213 or huset-shop.com